The big moment is almost here, and you’re no closer to deciding on a set of bottles than you were in your first trimester.
If you’ve been eyeing the well-known Tommee Tippee brand, then you’ll want to keep reading our in-depth reviews of each of their most popular bottles, how they compare to their competitors, and which will be the best option for you.
Does Every Mother Need to Have Bottles?
Some moms, by choice or necessity, are going to give their babies formula instead of breast milk. They will clearly need bottles because they won’t be using their breasts as a milk delivery tool.
But even moms who are breastfeeding are going to need bottles at some point. Even if you aren’t going to work outside of the home and you’re determined to only feed your baby straight from your breast, there are going to be situations that require your baby to drink from a bottle at some point. You might not have considered these cases, so let’s look at them.
Why You Might Need to Invest in Bottles:
- You can still breastfeed while you have illnesses – it’s perfectly safe for your baby (1): But sometimes, when you’re sick, you feel like you can’t get out of your bed. What you most need when you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck, such as when you have the flu, is rest (2).
Storing breastmilk in the freezer can be a lifesaver for when you feel like you can’t even lift your head off your pillow.
- Dads can feel left out if they never get to feed their babies: Think about how much you love feeding your baby. Shouldn’t dads get to experience that joy too? They can if you buy a few bottles to keep around.
- Emergencies happen without warning: Whether there’s a death in the family, a car accident or an unplanned surgery, it’s a good idea to have a few bottles of milk in the freezer so you can handle what life throws at you.
Moms who are searching for bottles need to figure out if they’re looking for anti-colic features, what their price range is, if they want to find a bottle that won’t interfere with their breastfeeding efforts, if the bottles are easy to clean and how safe the bottle materials are.
If your baby is suffering from colic and reflux, then it might be time to try investing in a different set of baby bottles. You’re going to need to find a bottle that has a venting system which reduces the amount of air bubbles in the milk. This review will help you find out if the Tommee Tippee Anti-Colic bottle is the right one for you and your baby.
Tommee Tippee Anti-Colic Bottle Review
Colic is unpleasant for both parents and babies. Your baby cries, fusses and is often inconsolable. That’s when parents may want to consider buying anti-colic bottles, which help prevent excessive air from being swallowed with milk. Swallowing air may cause extra gas which contributes to a baby’s colic (3).
The Tommee Tippee anti-colic set comes with two 5-ounce bottles, each with several pieces – the bottle, the cap, the nipple, a nipple ring and an insert.
- The tube and valve system cuts back on the air in your baby’s milk to help with colic.
- The venting tube will change color if the milk is warmer than 98 degrees to protect your baby against scalding.
- So many parts and the insert is especially intimidating.
- There should be a small slit in the cap at the end of the venting tube, but some of the bottles don’t have the slit.
Key Features and Benefits
- Unusual tube and valve system that vents the bottle so your baby will get less air as she drinks her milk. In theory, that will help your colicky baby have less spit up, gas and overall fussiness.
- The soft, breast-like shaped nipple is designed to feel and move like a mother’s breast during feeding time.
- The bottles are easy to fill and clean. They can be washed in the dishwasher and placed in the microwave.
- BPA free.
- The compact design of the bottles means a baby can be fed in a natural position that allows close contact between parents and their baby.
Ease of Use
When I saw the tube and valve system for this bottle – my eyes almost bugged out of my head. If I need a video to figure out how to use a bottle, it’s not a good situation for me. I am notoriously bad at figuring things out, even with instructions.
Seeing a bottle with an insert threw me for a loop, and figuring out to clean it is more than I want to mess with. Women who don’t want to spend the time learning how to operate a bottle will be just as intimidated by this bottle as I am.
The bottles are fairly inexpensive, and one of the main selling points is the anti-colic tube and valve system. There is supposed to be a small slit on the cap at the end of the venting tube, but they don’t always have that. That puts moms in an awkward position – they either have to return the bottles after they’ve already attempted to use them or they have to cut a slit into the cap themselves.
I’m not a fan of having to cut any portion of a baby’s bottle. The bottles that do have the required slits work very well though.
How Do They Compare?
Let’s take a look at the Tommee Tippee anti-colic bottles versus other leading baby bottle brands.
1. The First Years Breastflow Bottles
To work properly, these bottles need both compression and suction, which makes them a good choice for moms who are promoting breastfeeding techniques even through bottle usage. But moms who don’t want to have to buy more nipples every time their baby reaches a new feeding stage may prefer the Calma because it has an all-stage nipple.
2. MAM Anti-Colic Bottles
These bottles are similar in price to the Tommee Tippee anti-colic bottles. Moms who haven’t had luck with longer nipples may like the shorter nipples on these. Moms who want babies to use a longer nipple will want to stick with the Tommee Tippee.
3. Dr. Brown’s Original Wide-Neck Bottle
This kind of bottle also uses an interior venting system, much like the Tommee Tippee. Mom who are watching their money will like that these bottles are a little cheaper than the Tommee Tippee brand. Breastfeeding moms will likely prefer the Tommee Tippee, which makes babies work more for their milk than this Dr. Brown’s bottle does.
Who Should Buy The Anti-Colic Bottles?
If you don’t mind taking a minute or two to piece together a bottle that will help your baby avoid gas and fussiness, this bottle will do the job because of its tube and valve system.
As an added benefit, if you’re breastfeeding, your baby may enjoy that the nipple is meant to move and feel like the real thing.
If you’re looking for a a product that will allow you to switch between your breast and the product, keep reading to learn more about Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature bottles.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Review
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles aim, as the name implies, to be as close to breastfeeding as bottle feeding can be. Parents who want to continue breastfeeding, but also need to switch to bottle feeding at times will need to find a bottle that won’t cause their baby to give up on breastfeeding.
This set offers six 9-ounce bottles including the lids.
- These bottles are affordable.
- They have an easy-vent valve, which means your baby will swallow milk without as much air.
- The silicone nipple is designed to feel like skin.
- Positioning the nipple on the bottle correctly takes some work.
- Some users have reported the milk comes out pretty fast, despite having a slow-flow nipple.
Features and Benefits
- The wide-neck nipple is shaped like a breast, which allows babies to latch on easier, especially if they are used to breastfeeding.
- The nipples stretch, elongate and flex when your baby is sucking, just like breastfeeding.
- The bottles have a compact shape. They are shorter than some other 9-ounce bottles.
- BPA free.
- Not counting the cap, there are three pieces to this bottle – the base, a nipple and a ring to hold the nipple in place. Having a smaller number of pieces makes them easier to assemble than some bottles.
- The bottles are easy to clean. They can be washed in the dishwasher on the top rack and they are microwave safe.
This bottle doesn’t dodge a common problem with baby bottles – the measurements rub off with repeated washings.
The easy-vent valve is a nice touch and it seems to work well. It helps keep the nipple from collapsing during feeding, which means your baby won’t have to take breaks and possibly lose interest in the bottle before she finishes it. And, as an added bonus, your baby will be swallowing less air with milk, which helps avoid fussiness and possibly some spit-up.
Ease of Use
The wide base of the bottle makes them easy to clean and easy to fill up without spilling. Since they aren’t as thin and tall as other baby bottles, they don’t tip over as easily. Because of the wide, short base, they are also simple to clean, and the lids can easily be removed with one hand if you have a hungry baby in the other arm.
How Do They Compare?
Let’s compare how these bottles stack up to similar bottles that are meant to mimic breastfeeding:
The thing that makes the Mimijumi bottle stand out is its flesh-colored dome which is meant to look like a human breast. The fact the Mimijumi looks so much like a breast might be a reason for breastfeeding moms to buy this brand. But moms who are worried about money will want to go for Closer to Nature bottles because they are much more affordable.
These bottles are unique because they are soft and squeezable, even the bottle part. That’s a selling point for moms who want the experience to seem like breastfeeding to avoid confusion in nursing babies. Comotomo bottles are very expensive compared to Closer to Nature bottles, so moms on a budget will want to go with the Tommee Tippee brand.
3. Medela Calma
The Calma shouldn’t make your baby too lazy to breastfeed like some other bottles might – your baby will have to work hard to get milk out of these bottles. Moms who don’t want their babies to have to work that hard for their milk would prefer Closer to Nature bottles, which give milk with less effort.
Who Should Buy Closer To Nature Bottles?
Babies are expensive, and that means many mothers have to cut back on all the costs they can.
These bottles are by far some of the cheapest on the market if you’re looking for a bottle that imitates the breastfeeding experience and won’t encourage babies to give up breastfeeding in favor of the easier route of bottle feeding.
Tommee Tippee First Feed Bottles Review
Preemies have special needs – what works for a larger or full-term baby won’t work for them. This bottle, with its extra slow flow nipple, was specifically designed for preemies and newborns who are bottle feeding with expressed milk.
This bottle comes with six pieces, including a breast milk storage pot.
- The milk comes out very slowly for preemies.
- A venting valve, with the extra slow nipple, means your baby takes in less air.
- BPA and phthalate free.
- Will work well for formula fed babies too.
- A bit pricey for one bottle.
- Your baby will outgrow this nipple quickly.
Key Features and Benefits
- This bottle comes with a breast milk storage pot that lets moms pump milk and feed right from the bottle.
- The First Feed bottle has an optimum venting valve which, along with the extra slow flow nipple, lets your baby take in less air. That means your baby shouldn’t have as much gas and fussiness.
- The bottles hold 5 ounces and can only be bought in single packs.
- The bottle has an easy latch nipple, which is supposed to feel like the real thing, which will help babies who are splitting their time between bottle feeding and breastfeeding.
- Both BPA and phthalate free for moms who are worried about the safety of the bottle’s material.
Ease of Use
Even though there’s six pieces to this bottle, it isn’t hard to assemble. It might look intimidating at first because of the breast milk pot that comes with it, but the bottle can be used with or without the pot.
You can pump directly into the pot and feed your baby straight from that same bottle. Or you can take the pot out of the bottle and store milk in it in the refrigerator and just use your bottle like you would if it didn’t have the pot.
This is a sturdy bottle. And although I like it when bottles don’t have a lot of parts to them, the breast milk pot is a nice touch. When your baby outgrows this bottle, you can save the pot and use it for feeding him baby food – it makes a great little container for that.
The extra slow-flow nipple delivers on its promises. It works well at slowly providing milk so even the youngest of babies won’t be choking while they are trying to drink.
How Do They Compare?
How do the First Feed bottles stack up against their competitors?
These 2-ounce bottles stand less than 4-inches tall. That would be fine for moms who have small hands, but dads might find the taller Tommee Tippee First Feed bottles easier to handle.
The slow flow nipples on these bottles work for newborns up to 3 months. Moms who want to be able to fit their hand in a bottle for easier cleaning may like Comotomo bottles. Moms who like a firmer material will want to stick with First Feed because Comotomo bottles are squeezable, like a real breast.
Moms who want to mimic the look and feel of breastfeeding may want Mimijumi bottles with their flesh-color dome. Moms who don’t have much money to spend on bottles will be better served by Tommee Tippee First Feed bottles, which are much less expensive.
Who Should Buy The First Feed Bottles?
Feeding a preemie or a newborn can be challenging, especially for the ones who can’t quite keep up with the flow of their bottles. They’ll get there eventually, but for right now, you need a bottle that delivers milk slowly to avoid making them cough and choke during feedings. This bottle will help even the smallest of babies eat at a comfortable pace with its extra slow-flow nipple.
When your baby has outgrown this bottle, you can still find uses for the breast milk pot that comes with it, which gives you added value for your purchase.
Trying to find a bottle that will allow you to feed thickened formula or breastmilk to your baby is not an easy feat. Firstly, there simply aren’t that many on the market. And secondly, most of them have flow problems.
In this review of the Tommee Tippee Added Cereal Bottles, we will see if they can live up to their promises of easing symptoms of reflux and restless sleep.
Tommee Tippee Added Cereal Bottles Review
These added cereal bottles can hold 11 ounces, which will be enough to satisfy any older baby.
Plus, the bottle has a nipple design that is reminiscent of a real nipple, but it has a Y cut to allow thicker liquids.
With this set, you get one bottle, one nipple, one screw ring and one lid.
- The ounce markings on these bottles stay put wash after wash.
- The neck of the bottle is wide for easy cleaning.
- Easy to assemble with only four parts including the cap.
- The Y cut on the nipple is big. The cereal comes out quicker than some babies will be able to handle.
- You might need to do some trial runs to make sure you get the consistency right to make this bottle work.
Key Features and Benefits
- The Y cut nipple will allow cereal to get through, which traditional bottles struggle to do.
- The nipple design is made to look and feel like a real breast while it allows thicker liquid, which should let babies continue to breastfeed without confusion in conjunction with having bottles.
- This bottle holds 11 ounces, which is enough for the biggest of baby appetites.
- BPA free.
- This bottle uses an integrated easi-vent valve, which cuts back on the air that is delivered with milk. That helps cut down on gassiness and fussiness in babies.
- Easy to assemble and wash.
Ease of Use
This bottle is super easy to use, with only three pieces to assemble. You just put the nipple through the ring and screw it onto the base. The compact, wider design of the bottle makes it easy to use without spills, and it isn’t as easy to tip over as taller, thinner bottles, which leads to less spills and less frustrations.
These wide bottles still fit with Tommee Tippee breast pumps, sterilizers and bottle warmers, which is convenient for moms who want their product lines to be compatible with the other merchandise they own from that line.
For a large bottle, this one is surprisingly easy to hold, thanks to its smaller grip area that gradually increases in diameter at the top part of the bottle. The Y cut nipple does what it is advertised to do – cereal certainly flows through the hole, even thicker cereal.
How Do They Compare?
Let’s compare the Added Cereal bottles versus other popular brands.
1. NUK Elephants Baby Bottle
These bottles hold 10 ounces, and they come with a Perfect Fit nipple that has been improved. Moms who like fun designs on their bottles may love the colorful elephants on the NUK bottles. Moms who want a slightly larger bottle will prefer the Tommee Tippee bottle.
2. Avent Natural Polypropylene Bottles
These 9-ounce bottles hold a lot of milk, just like the Tommee Tippee added cereal bottles, but these are better for beginners with their slow-flow nipples, while the added cereal bottles are better for babies at least 6 months old.
These bottles hold a respectable 8 ounces, and moms who want to pump, store and feed with one single bottle will prefer the Medela bottles. Moms who want to feed cereal through a bottle will prefer the Tommee Tippee because of the large hole in the nipple, compared to the Medela’s medium flow nipple.
Who Should Buy The Added Cereal Bottles?
Not many bottles allow moms to feed cereal to their babies. The hole in the nipple usually isn’t big enough. This Tommee Tippee bottle makes cereal fitting through the nipple a breeze, and it’s easy to assembly and clean. Since it holds 11 ounces, no baby will have to go back for seconds.